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Is there a Compelling Reason to Move Bangor’s Bus Hub?

I went to the recent city council workshop on alternative hubs for Bangor’s Community Connector bus system. The city has come into some money for the revitalization of Pickering Square, and the council is debating whether the bus depot should remain there or be relocated. Some 60 people attended the …

Hank Garfield

Slower Traffic
8:25 pm Friday, February 24, 2017


Yelp says this is the best bar in Maine

Good evening from the BDN Portland office on Congress Street. For no real reason — besides the fact that it’s Friday afternoon — here are a bunch of pictures of animals that look like rockstars. What we’re talking about Eight places that shaped Portland’s African American history — As Black …

Dan MacLeod

BDN Portland
6:45 pm Friday, February 24, 2017


Ireland – like Maine, a land of writers, artists and poets

Today was rainy, cold and often too windy for any outdoor activities, but as teachers and hardy travelers, we found some interesting and amazing sights only minutes from where we are staying in Adare. Best of all, in my mind, the place we planned to see was directly connected to writing and history.

David Arenstam

My Secret Maine
6:19 pm Friday, February 24, 2017


Southern Aroostook coach facing his alma mater in Class D North girls final

Southern Aroostook Community School girls basketball coach Cliff Urquhart will find himself in an awkward situation on Saturday morning when his top-seeded Warriors (19-1) face defending Class D North champion and No. 2 Shead of Eastport (18-2) in the regional title game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Urquhart …

Larry Mahoney

Fast Breaks
2:58 pm Friday, February 24, 2017


If you’re getting a divorce, do you really need a lawyer?

Dear Liz talks to a local divorce lawyer to find out how to tell when a person needs to hire one.

Sarah Cottrell

Dear Liz
2:47 pm Friday, February 24, 2017


Why is Senator Susan Collins self-identifying as a Republican?

Senator Susan Collins most recent position in demanding the release of President Trump’s income tax returns is just one more blunder in a long line of policy positions and errors in judgment as Maine’s Republican United States Senator. Collins recently expressed her willingness to subpoena the sitting President of the …

John Floyd

The Right Way
1:00 pm Friday, February 24, 2017


Introducing Sweet Potato Kitchen to the BDN blog network

Hey, y’all! I’m coming at you from the highly wooded, very snowy, central Maine town of Benton and I am here to take you on a food journey of epic proportions.

Bethany Mathieu

Sweet Potato Kitchen
12:47 pm Friday, February 24, 2017


Here’s the best bar in Maine, according to Yelp

What’s your favorite Maine watering hole? Who should make the list?

Kathleen Pierce

Urban Eye
11:49 am Friday, February 24, 2017


Pine Tree Camp: A Camp Experience for Adults and Children Facing Intellectual and Physical Challenges

“We never think about what we can’t do, we think about what we can do.” Dawn Willard-Robinson is director of Pine Tree Camp, which is operated by the Pine Tree Society, and is the only overnight camp in Maine serving adults and children with intellectual and physical disabilities. Willard-Robinson says …

Kristine Millard

Summer in Maine: Kids, Camps, Community
11:44 am Friday, February 24, 2017


Aroostook Outdoor News: 2.24.17 edition

In this edition: 1) A #winter #FamilyFun Day in #PresqueIsle.2) #Outdoor fun in #Madawaska. 3) A #family #SnowDay in #PortageLake. Plus lots more! #offugo… #AroostookThing(s) of the week: Wrap up your February vacation by getting outside with the family! This weekend in Aroostook, it’s all about family! There are not …

Mark Shea

11:34 am Friday, February 24, 2017


New songs from Maine bands: The Very Reverend, Tall Horse, Ghosts of Johnson City, Foam Castles

The Very Reverend – “Leash” This newly formed Portland-based rock band rose out of the ashes of One Shot Nothing, the formerly Ellsworth-based band comprised of brothers-in-music Justin Chamberlain and Brendon Bouchard, has been making a bit of noise playing shows around Maine these past few months. Now, they’ve got …

Emily Burnham

Culture Shock
11:20 am Friday, February 24, 2017


A Hare in the sky, chance to see Ceres, and morning satellite views!

We are leaping along and winter has only a few weeks left, so it is a good time to catch Orion and his stellar companions.  This week we look for one that is right beneath his feet.  Here is your guide to the sky for February 27 –March 5, 2017… …

Shawn Laatsch

Eye on Maine Skies!
9:30 am Friday, February 24, 2017


Is the doctor’s waiting room the new singles bar for boomers?

Are you a baby boomer singleton in search of a mate, a friend with benefits, or a social companion? Have you burned out on online dating? Outgrown the bar scene? Wonder where and how to meet eligible singles who weren’t born yesterday? Why not try your doctor’s waiting room? Let’s …

Roxanne Jones

Boomer Haiku
9:25 am Friday, February 24, 2017


LePage hits DC for speaking slot at conservative conference, Trump-hosted ball

Good morning from Augusta. Gov. Paul LePage has been in Washington, D.C., this week for a host of events, including an annual conservative conference and President Donald Trump’s black-tie ball for governors on Sunday. The Republican governor has a speaking slot on welfare reform — one of his signature topics — at the Conservative …

Michael Shepherd

State & Capitol
8:55 am Friday, February 24, 2017


Six beautiful Maine private islands that can be yours in time for summer

Owning a private island in Maine is a dream for a number of people here and abroad.

Samuel Shepherd

7:54 am Friday, February 24, 2017


It is not too soon to say good bye to Governor LePage.

I have been wrestling with the question of when it might be reasonable to say good bye to Governor LePage.  There is a long history in American government and politics of voters and other politicians stopping their concern about what a national or state Chief Executive may say or do …

Robert Lenna

Take a Breath
7:21 am Friday, February 24, 2017


Trip to Israel: The Church of the Beatitudes and the Sermon on the Mount

I grew up fairly religious in the Southern Baptist Church. I was the youth minister my senior year of high school, preaching a sermon on the conversion of Saul and his epiphany after being blinded on the road to Damascus. In Acts 9:4 we read: “And he fell to the …

David Farmer

David Farmer
7:02 am Friday, February 24, 2017


The Enemies of the People

“I think the press has to fit in somewhere in the mission statement,” wrote a reader about the ongoing series to define a mission statement – or describe a common mythology – that can begin to bind this disparate nation together. He attached this editorial from The Dallas News: “What …

James G. Blaine

6:39 am Friday, February 24, 2017


How to make your home your weight loss haven

Your environment affects your behavior. It’s been proven multiple times in multiple ways. You can use that to power your healthy lifestyle behavior. Arranging your personal environment – your home – can do a lot to make weight management strategies a normal part of your daily routine. KITCHEN “If you don’t have it, …

Jackie Conn

See You Lighter
6:13 am Friday, February 24, 2017


It’s time for Augusta to take an econ course in Education

Fewer students, more money. The results? Flat test scores.

Michael Cianchette

He Said It Right
5:57 am Friday, February 24, 2017

Spearfishing for Northern Pike Debated at Legislature

“I want to get the pike out of Sebago Lake. They are reproducing like you wouldn’t believe,” testified Representative Lester Ordway of Standish, who lives on the lake and said he has had to guard his little dog against Eagles, and is now worried about pike whenever the dog jumps …

George Smith

George's Outdoor News
5:00 am Friday, February 24, 2017